Catherine David & Chang-Ming Peng, Chuang Che. Chaotic Harmony, Paris, Éditions Lord Byron, 2022
2nd edition Edition of 1000 copies Hardcover, 24 x 28 cm, 176 pages French English Edition Translated from French by David Michaelson and Jonathan Michaelson ISBN : 978-2-491901-38-7
Chuang Che. Chaotic Harmony is the catalog published for the exhibition "Chaotic Harmony" at the Galerie Vazieux in Paris (FR) from October 6 to November 12, 2022.
"Chuang Che, a great pioneer of Chinese abstraction, mixes in his abstract landscapes, bright colors, turbulence of forms, transparency and material effects. From this improbable chaos emerges a perfect harmony, full of joy and melancholy, from which emanates a boundless freedom. Born in Beijing in 1934, Chuang Che grew up in a family of scholars. His father, a renowned calligrapher, was also vice-director of the Forbidden City Museum. In 1948, he actively participated in the transportation of the museum's works to Taipei. Chuang Che was 14 years old when he witnessed this tremendous epic. Throughout his work, traditional Chinese painting will remain an inexhaustible source of inspiration." (Sabine Vazieux)
Catherine David studied linguistics and art history at the University of Paris - Sorbonne as well as at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. Deputy Director of the National Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Pompidou in Paris since 2014, Catherine David is in charge of globalization. Between 1982 and 1990, she was curator at the National Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Georges Pompidou and from 1990 to 1994, at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris. From 1994 to 1997, she worked as artistic director of Documenta X in Cassel, Germany, and director of the Contemporary Arab Representations project initiated by the Antoni Tàpies Foundation in Barcelona from 1998 to 2002. She also directed the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, Netherlands, from 2002 to 2004.
Chang-Ming Peng is an alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm) and holds a degree in history. She teaches at the University of Lille the history of Western contemporary art (19th to 21st centuries), Chinese contemporary art, Far East/Western cultural transfers and museology. Chang-Ming Peng is also a full member of the Académie des Sciences d'Outre-Mer and a member of the IRHiS UMR CNRS 8529 laboratory.